Author: Darrell Giles

d’Arcy Doyle painting a jewel among city-owned treasures

A famous d’Arcy William Doyle painting – almost four metres wide – has been gifted to the Ipswich Art Gallery collection. The 1966 oil on canvas, titled Australia’s first challenge for the America’s Cup, Newport, came from the family behind the iconic Ipswich business, McMahon’s Soft Drinks. It will be on public display soon, but it is a fascinating story how it and two smaller Doyle originals got there. Arts and Community Development Committee Chairperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said the painting was the gift of brothers Peter and Jim McMahon, in memory of their parents Frank and Mary McMahon,...

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Council chases Cycle Network grants

Ipswich City Council is seeking almost $2 million from the Queensland Government to help deliver high quality and safe cycling facilities on major cycle routes across the region. Council has been working with the Queensland Government on the development and adoption of a Principal Cycle Network Plan.  As a result, many projects have been designed and constructed by Council.  Funding for the projects has been on a 50/50 basis with the Government under its Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program. Infrastructure and Emergency Management Committee Chairperson Cr Cheryl Bromage said that Council will again seek funding for four cycle...

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Ask Andrew: Waste, roads and will we see a bowling alley in Ipswich?

Mayor Andrew Antoniolli is back to answer your questions. He usually gets to about 10 each week, so if your question isn’t answered here please be patient. To submit a question simply fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Gwenda Wilson: Is there a time limit for residents to return emptied garbage bins from the roadside to their property? I recently took two bins in, assuming the residents were away. However, the residents were not amused at my actions. We get a few complaints about bins left out but the matter is generally resolved with a quick chat to...

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New food safety program for Ipswich

About 800 food businesses across the region will be invited to join the new Eat Safe Ipswich program. Health, Security and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Cr Sheila Ireland said Council regulates and monitors public health risks with food safety being a key issue for the community and under the Food Act 2006 food businesses are required to comply with licensing and safety standards to ensure hygienic practices are in place. “Promotion of good standards can have a positive impact for cafes and restaurants. The Eat Safe program is a system where a licenced food business would receive a food...

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Improved experience for Ipswich library users

Ipswich City Council has adopted a new library management system which will improve the experience for customers. Libraries and Tourism Committee Chairperson Cr David Pahlke said Ipswich Libraries had reviewed the existing suite of business systems and identified areas that needed significant improvement in order to deliver its strategic priorities. These included the visibility of books in search engines, customer search results that integrate physical items, e-resources, article-level content from reference database subscriptions, and improved reporting from the library management system. The investigation of options resulted in the inclusion of the requirement to improve the user interface of the...

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